Columbus losing streak moves to seven
COLUMBUS- Dime-a-dog night had spirits high at Huntington Park even with the Columbus Clippers riding a six-game losing streak. Unfortunately, the Indianapolis Indians swept the Clippers at home, ending the series with a 6-2 loss, continuing Columbus on their losing ways.
Cleveland’s top pitching prospect, righty Trevor Bauer, started for the Clippers. In the top of the first, Bauer allowed three singles to Chase d’Arnaud, Josh Harrison and Felix Pie to load the bases with no outs. Bauer showcased why he’s a top prospect by striking out the side, including old friend Jared Goedert in the process, to end the threat.
The Clippers offense joined the game in the bottom of the second. Chun-Hsiu Chen along with Matt Lawson drew one-out walks. Matt Carson loaded the bases with a single. Omir Santos came up big for the Clippers hitting a single to right field, scoring Chen and taking the lead 1-0.
The Clipper’s defense slowly began to falter in the third. First up, a a lead-off pop fly by d’Arnaud hit to center field fell due to a miscommunication in the outfield for a single. A fielder’s choice by Harrison swapped d’Arnaud for for Harrison, who immediately stole second base. Pie doubled home Harrison, tying the score at one. Matt Hague walked, but Omir Santos threw out Felix Pie trying to steal, for the second out of the inning. Goedert singled to keep the inning alive for the Indians, but left fielder Cord Phelps scooped up Brett Carroll’s single and gunned down Matt Hague at home to end the inning.
Bauer added three more strikeouts in his fourth and fifth inning, only allowing only one hit in the two innings. Bauer got a quick out on a pop fly to Jared Goedert in the sixth, but ran into trouble after a one-out error by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, followed by a Jerry Sands single, putting runners on first and second. Bauer struck out Lucas May, but walked Ivan DeJesus, loading the bases, and ending his night. Jerry Gil replaced Bauer, and ended the inning with an infield fly out to Cord Phelps, who had moved to first in a defensive switch.
Bauer went 5 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and an earned run, while walking three and striking out eight.
“It’s exciting to see him pitch and have those kinds of results.” Manager Chris Tremie said of Bauer.
Ezequiel Carrera hit a solo homerun in the seventh, giving Columbus a 2-1 lead. Carrera entered the game in the sixth inning replacing Phelps in right field as Phelps headed to first base for Matt LaPorta. Indianapolis coach was ejected at the end of this inning after getting heated with the third base umpire.
In the eighth inning a double hit by Brett Carroll scored the tying run. Gil then gave up a fatal three run homerun, digging the Clippers even deeper into a hole.
Newcomer Chris Jakubauskas made his first appearance with the Clippers stepping on the mound in the eighth inning, with a runner on second. Jakubauskas allowed the first batter he faced in the eighth a double that scored the Indians their fifth run of the inning, before putting an end to the out of control eighth.
Jakubauskas struck out three in his two innings pitched and kept the ninth scoreless.
Phelps hit a double in the ninth inning, tying him for the most all-time doubles of any Clipper with ninety.
The loss dropped the Clippers record to 29-29, while International League West leaders Indianapolis pulled further away from second place Columbus.
“It happens in the game, you’re in it long enough it’s going to happen where you have long stretches of losing streaks and also winning streaks. It happens.” Manager Chris Tremie commented.
Columbus will start another home series, where Danny Salazar is slated to face the Toledo Mudhens Tuesday night.
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